UWFM’s Dr. Heather Tick leads study on alternatives to opioids

Woman doing taichi at sunriseAcupuncture, tai chi, yoga, music therapy, massage and mindfulness, once considered alternative therapies, have earned the endorsement of a national task force on pain relief.

The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, a 72-member organization, recently published a 74-page white paper, lead by Heather Tick, stating that these nonpharmacological options are highly effective for treating pain. The report addresses “the dual crisis of pain care and opioids” in the United States and offers evidence for effective treatment of post-surgical pain, acute inpatient pain, cancer pain and chronic pain.

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